Author Archives: Guest Column

5 Things Fiction Writers Do That Annoy Readers

It's great for fiction writers to experiment with unconventional devices and writing styles, but sometimes going off the beaten path can alienate your readers. Here are five approaches that you might want to reconsider before including them in your work.

A Writer’s Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory developed by psychologist Abraham Maslow. The hierarchy, comprising a five-tier pyramid, explains the connection between basic human needs and motivation. Bryan E. Robinson has adapted this scale to consider what needs writers must satisfy to move their dreams of writing success up the...

When Your Memoir Wants To Be A Novel

In our "Breaking In" column in Writer's Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Anna Quinn, author of The Night Child—about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too.

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Ruth Emmie Lang

“7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” (this installment written by Ruth Emmie Lang, author of BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE) is a recurring column where writers at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction, as well as how they got their literary agent—by sharing seven things they’ve...